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Assistant Professor
Nicholas Reed

Departmental Affiliations

Epidemiology of Aging
School of Medicine

Contact Info

2024 E. Monument Street, B-1107

Research Interests

hearing; hearing loss; hearing aids; amplification; health care; health services; hearing care utilization; gerontology; presbycusis; delirium
Experiences & Accomplishments
Towson University
Lycoming College
Dr. Nicholas Reed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During his training as a clinical audiologist, he became concerned with the current state of hearing care in the United States, where less than 20% of adults with hearing loss own and use hearing aids, and whether the barriers hearing loss places on communication in health care settings impact health care outcomes for adults with hearing loss. His research focuses on direct-to-consumer hearing care, understanding hearing aid use in the United States, the relationship between hearing loss and health care outcomes/interactions (e.g., satisfaction with care, inpatient safety, quality of care, delirium, etc.), and whether interventions targeting hearing loss can mitigate these associations. He approaches his intervention work through an implementation science lens with a focus on sustainable interventions to create a more equitable health care system for the millions of adults with hearing loss.

Dr. Reed is core faculty at the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health where he is the Director of the Audiology core. In this capacity, he oversees the integration of hearing measures and hearing care into cohort studies and clinical trials. This includes selection of appropriate measures, grant preparation support, development of hearing data collection protocols, technician training procedures, quality assurance, data management, and quality control. He currently manages hearing data collection the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Neurocognitive Study, the BIOCARD Study, the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study, and National Health Aging and Trends Study. He is a co-investigator in the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) trial where he is a member of the hearing intervention subcommittee and co-chairs the recruitment subcommittee.
Honors & Awards
2021 Advising, Mentoring, & Teaching Recognition Award, JHSPH Student Assembly
2021 Early Career Research Award, American Auditory Society
Select Publications
Select Publications:
  • Reed NS, Betz J, Kendig N, Korczak M, & Lin FR. Personal sound amplification products vs a conventional hearing aid for speech understanding in noise. JAMA, 2017 Jul 4;318(1) 89-90. PMID:28672306
  • Reed NS, Altan A, Deal JA, Yeh C, Kravetz A, Wallhagen M, Lin FR. Trends in Health Care Costs and Utilization Associated with Untreated Hearing Loss Over 10 Years. JAMA-Otolaryngology, 2019 145(1) 27-34. PMID: 30419131
  • Reed NS, Boss EF, Lin FR, Oh ES, Willink A. Satisfaction With Quality of Health Care Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Functional Hearing Loss. Med Care. 2021 Jan;59(1):22-28. PMID: 32925460
  • Reed NS, Lin FR, Willink A. Hearing Care Access? Focus on Clinical Services, Not Devices. JAMA, 2018 320(16), 1641-1642. PMID: 30242394
  • Reed NS, Assi L, Horiuchi W, Hoover-Fong JE, Lin FR, Ferrante LE, Inouye SK, Miller Iii ER, Boss EF, Oh ES, Willink A. Medicare Beneficiaries With Self-Reported Functional Hearing Difficulty Have Unmet Health Care Needs. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021 May;40(5):786-794. PMID: 33939509
Hearing and the Health Care System